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East Carolina's Andrew Henrickson (4) celebrates with teammates during a game against UNC Wilmington on April 3 at Clark-LeClair Stadium.


The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The American Athletic Conference baseball tournament began Tuesday morning in Clearwater, Fla., with a high-scoring and slow-moving game that lasted nearly four hours and ended as an 8-4 win for No. 4 seed East Carolina over No. 5 UCF, giving the Pirates 40 wins for the season.

It also gave ECU (40-15) a quality RPI victory early in a week that will be huge for NCAA tournament seeding and also could be tricky for the AAC because of reports from Florida suggesting a lot of rain in the forecast. The Pirates were originally scheduled to get a day off because of their win, but instead are slated for their second-round game Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. against upset winner Tulane during a fluid schedule situation.

Multiple fields at the Philadelphia Phillies’ spring training complex are planned for use Wednesday in an attempt to play six games.

UCF (35-20) got to Chris Holba and plated three runs in the top of the first inning, but relievers Davis Kirkpatrick, Ryan Ross and Zach Barnes delivered clutch outings, not allowing any runs.

Andrew Henrickson provided a big boost offensively. He finished 3-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBIs. His double to right-center field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh scored all three runners for an 8-4 lead.

“He played really well last year when he was here and we’ve talked about that he likes this place,” Pirate coach Cliff Godwin said of Henrickson during his postgame interview on the American Digital Network. “He’s a senior who has contributed a lot to our prograrm and plays his butt off all the time. I’m happy for him.”

Ross, also a senior, tossed two scoreless innings and didn’t yield a hit while striking out three batters for the pitching victory.

Bryant Packard finished 0-for-5, stopping his ECU-record and nation-leading hit streak at 32 games. Spencer Brickhouse and Alec Burleson, who will likely be the Pirates’ next starting pitcher, each went 2-for-4.

There is a chance the weather could be nasty enough to not allow the tourney to be completed as scheduled by Sunday afternoon.

"In the event that the tournament cannot be completed, then no champion would be declared," league spokesman Chuck Sullivan told the Tampa Bay Times. "The automatic bid to the NCAA (tournament) would go to the highest remaining seed."

UCF was without weekend starter Joe Sheridan due to injury and made an unconventional move by starting left-handed reliever Luis Ferrer, who made his second start of the season and recorded only one out.

The Pirates rallied to tie it, 3-3, in the second inning, and two more runs by the home team in the third made it 5-3 to offset a rough start by Holba, who was pitching on four days rest. He issued seven free passes — four walks, three hit batsmen — in allowing four runs on two hits in 3 1/3 frames.

Brickhouse hit a two-strike, two-out RBI single for the 3-3 tie and Henrickson’s RBI triple to deep right field in the third scored Connor Litton for a 4-3 edge. Brady Lloyd followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3.


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June 17, 2018

The United States team completed a dominant run at the FIBA Americas U18 basketball tournament in Ontario, Canada, on Saturday night with a 113-74 victory against the host Canadian squad to take the gold medal.

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley helped pick the team, which was led…

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June 16, 2018

East Carolina sophomore outfielder Bryant Packard earned his school-record seventh All-America honor after being named a first-teamer by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Saturday.

Packard led ECU in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.406) to rank seventh nationally.…


June 15, 2018

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley played in part in assembling the roster for the USA Basketball U18 National Team that could be on a collision course to face host team Canada this weekend in the championship game of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Dooley was a court coach during…


June 14, 2018

To many in the world of women’s basketball, Anne Donovan was a giant. And not just because she stood 6-foot-8.

She won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach in her storied career. She died Wednesday and people in Greenville…

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June 13, 2018

Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer and former East Carolina women’s head coach who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.

On her rise to prominence, Donovan…

June 12, 2018

Reality set in for East Carolina shot put standout Galissia Cause during her hotel check-in last week in Eugene, Ore., for the track and field NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She competed at the NCAA East Regional meet in all four of her seasons, but only this year did the senior make it past…


June 10, 2018

There is a group text message involving some recent East Carolina baseball players.

They are great friends, and it is during these messages about jobs or social plans when Evan Kruczynski is reminded how lucky he is to be a professional baseball player.

There is a grind associated with the day-to-…


June 08, 2018

Galissia Cause already was the East Carolina record holder in the outdoor shot put and she ended her collegiate career Thursday night in All-America fashion, placing 10th in the shot put event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Ore. Taking 10th place garnered her second-team All-…


June 07, 2018

East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin had been linked to the Mississippi State head coaching position this week, but Godwin confirmed Thursday that he is staying with the Pirates.

This is the second Southeastern Conference school that has shown interest in Godwin, who is an ECU alum and former…


June 06, 2018

Just like last June, East Carolina baseball’s pitching ace is headed to the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

ECU Friday night starter Chris Holba was selected early in the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday, going in the 11th round to the Cardinals. St. Louis also…

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